Learn More About Rhinoplasty Surgery
A Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to change the shape or size of the nose. One of the most common plastic surgery procedures, a Rhinoplasty can change the shape of the bridge or tip, change the angle between the nose and the upper lip, narrow the span of the nostrils, help relieve some breathing problems, and repair an injury or birth defect. Any individual contemplating this type of surgery must first have a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as Dr. Shienbaum.
Rhinoplasty candidates must be over the age of 15 years to ensure they have completed their growth spurt. The best candidates are physically healthy and psychologically stable people who are looking for an improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. In the Tampa area, patients must first schedule a consultation, where Dr. Shienbaum can examine their medical history to determine their eligibility.
Minor rhinoplasty procedures can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia. while the majority of rhinoplasty procedures are performed under anesthesia in an outpatient facility. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, but occasionally may take longer, depending on the extent of the procedure.
In the Tampa, Brandon, and Riverview areas, rhinoplasties may be performed using different techniques. Rhinoplasty procedures are performed from within the nose, making the incision inside the nostrils and leaving virtually no visible scarring. Other cases may require an open incision. This small incision is placed across the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils, otherwise known as the columella. During surgery, the skin of the nose sculpted to the desired shape.
You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, such as avoiding certain vitamins and medications, washing your face, and guidelines on eating, drinking and smoking. It is imperative that you follow these instructions to help your surgery go smoothly. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to drive to the office the following day. It is a good idea to have them prepare to stay with you for a couple of days if needed.
When the surgery is complete, nasal packs may be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum, which is the dividing wall between the air passages. This will be removed after a few days. Often, a splint is applied to help the nose maintain its new shape. Discomfort can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. It is common to expect some swelling and bruising around your eyes. This reaches a peak after 2 or 3 days but can be reduced by applying cold compresses. By the end of the first or second week, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed.
The healing process is a gradual one, and some mild swelling may be present for months. Final results may not be apparent for a year or more, so patience is key. Your surgeon will give you specific post-surgery instructions. During and after the healing process, you may receive some unexpected reactions from those close to you. In some cases, your family may not understand why you have changed a family or ethnic trait, or say that they do not notice a difference in your nose. In these cases, remember why you decided to have surgery in the first place– if your personal goals have been met, then it is a success.
In general, a rhinoplasty is considered to be an effective and safe means for changing the appearance of the nose and creating a better balance to the face. Many patients in the Brandon and Riverview areas enjoy their results after their rhinoplasty procedure.
During your recovery, your nose will be delicate and malleable, so it is important not to sleep on your stomach or side, which can put pressure on your nose. This will not only cause discomfort but may also compromise your results. To reduce swelling, you should keep your head elevated as you sleep.
In most patients, it takes about 6 weeks for the bones in your nose to heal following surgery. During this time, you should avoid strenuous exercise. Even movements that seem harmless like stretching, lifting, or bending over can increase nasal swelling.
A bulbous nasal tip is one that appears more rounded, similar to a ball positioned at the end of the nose. Most rhinoplasty patients with a bulbous tip describe their nose as being too big or too wide.
Nose jobs are not only done to improve appearance. Often, improving the shape of the nose can help support drooping cartilage and open nasal passages, allowing patients to breathe better and help avoid chronic sinus infections.
A cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure can create the look of a smaller nose.
Nasal polyps make you more likely to have long-term (chronic) sinusitis. large ones can even change the shape of your nose.
A deviated septum may change the appearance of the nose depending on how severe it is. Septoplasty will help fix the deviated septum, but if you wish to fix the nostrils, that will require a separate procedure.
Rhinoplasty should have no effect on your voice. If the internal functional aspects of the nose are improved during the surgery (such as fixing a deviated septum) there is a strong likelihood that your vocalization should significantly improve.
Patients tend to be “public ready” after about two weeks. While swelling at the tip following a rhinoplasty can take up to a year to go away completely, 90 percent of the swelling is usually gone in about four to eight weeks.
The type of the procedure can determine the cost of the nose job; it might be a complicated case that could take longer and will thus, cost more. The average nose job cost is $5,300, excluding other additional costs.
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A closed rhinoplasty is when the surgeon uses hidden incisions inside the nostrils to correct the surgery, as opposed to external incisions in an open rhinoplasty.
Open rhinoplasty, sometimes called external rhinoplasty, involves a tiny, inverted-V shaped incision being created in the columella, between the nostrils. If performed carefully and with attention to detail, this incision heals beautifully and nearly invisibly for the vast majority of patients.